Moanin' – Bobby Timmons & Jon Hendricks
A vocal version of the Bobby Timmons classic, with lyric by Jon Hendricks.
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- Recording: Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - The Hottest New Group In Jazz
- Recorded on:
- Label: Columbia (CL 1403)
- Concert Key: B-flat minor, C minor, F minor
- Vocal Range: Tenor, C3 to E-flat4 written 8va
- Style: Swing (medium)
- Vocal - Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross
- Trumpet - Harry "Sweets" Edison
- Piano - Gildo Mahones
- Bass - Ike Isaacs
- Drums - Walter Bolden
Lyric Description: Jon Hendricks wrote a soulful, gospel-inspired lyric for this Bobby Timmons classic. The Moanin' is a lament for all the troubles and loneliness in life, a plea for relief.
F minor : C3 to E-flat4, written 8va. Suitable for tenors.
F minor is the standard instrumental key, and it's the key used by Lambert, Hendricks and Ross. It's also the most popular male vocal key, with recordings by Mel Torme CLIPMT, Bill Henderson CLIPBH and other male artists. Sarah Vaughan CLIPSV also sings it in F minor, as does Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66 CLIPSM and a few other female singers.
C minor: G3 to B-flat4. Suitable for altos or mezzo-sopranos.
This is the most popular female vocal key, and recordings include our own Judy Niemack CLIPJN.
B-flat minor: F3 to A4. Suitable for altos.
If you have a little lower female voice, like Karrin Allyson CLIPKA, this may be your key.
If yet another key would be better for you, send the key you'd like to Don and we'll post the transposition on the website for purchase. If you're not sure which key is best, send us your range and we'll work with you to figure out the best key.
December 19, 1935 – March 1, 1974
A beloved pianist with one of the most easily recognizable styles, Bobby Timmons is responsible not only for bringing his unique gospel-tinged voice to the piano, but also for his funky compositional masterpieces that have become jazz standards, like Moanin’ and This Here (Dis Here). These two are by no means the only memorable original works of Bobby’s—nearly all of his works are instantly recognizable as Bobby Timmons originals, as they all have his signature style of soul, funk, and gospel, while maintaining the hallmarks of true hard-bop jazz. Born in Philadelphia to a religious family, Bobby studied piano with his uncle, who also taught McCoy Tyner. He moved to New York at age 20 to start his recording career with Kenny Dorham’s Jazz Prophets. Read more...
born on September 16, 1921
Jon Hendricks is an acclaimed jazz vocalist and lyricist known as the "Father of Vocalese." He is considered by numerous critics to be one of the best living scat singers and was named by jazz journalist the "Poet Laureate of Jazz." At 14, Jon frequently sang with Art Tatum. During his college years in Toledo, Ohio, he sang with Charlie Parker, who encouraged him to sing professionally. Jon made his recording debut in 1955 with Dave Lambert; in 1957, he recorded with Lambert and Annie Ross. The trio became one of the best-known jazz vocal groups, known for their use of vocalese and their innovative arrangements. From 1968-1973, Jon worked in Europe; on his return, he worked for the .San Francisco Chronicle. His theatrical work about the history of jazz, The Evolution of the Blues, ran for five years off-Broadway. Jon's lyrics to compositions by Carmen McRae, Ray Charles, Al Jarreau, Bobby McFerrin, and many others. Read more...